Pinal County public works employee finds wallet, tracks down owner living in Canada

Pinal County Public Works Director Louis Andersen received an e-mail recently from a grateful winter visitor who alerted him to an employee who went out of his way to return his lost wallet. Finding and returning a wallet with $200 cash, identification and credit cards inside, is what most of us would do without hesitation.  […]

Free classes for May to address ‘healthy eating and diabetes’

The Pinal County Public Health District will sponsor a free diabetes class at the San Tan Valley Public Health Clinic. The topic this May is “Healthy Eating and Diabetes.”

The class will take place 3-5 p.m. Wednesday, May 11. The clinic is at 36235 N. Gantzel Road, between Poston Butte High School and Banner Ironwood Hospital.

Since diabetes is largely self-managed and about 99 percent of the care comes from the patients and his or her family, it is an important skill to know what and how much to cook and eat, according to a press release.
These classes will offer up-to-date, practical “how-to” information and skill-building on monitoring, healthy eating, being active, problem solving, medications and reducing risks.

Supervisor House looks forward to 2016 as board chairman

Since the Pinal County Board of Supervisors went to five members, the duties of the chairman are passed on every year instead every 16 months, as it did when there were three board members.

In the final meeting of 2015, the board chose District 5 Supervisor Todd House to chair the meetings for 2016. District 4 Supervisor Anthony Smith was chosen as vice-chair.

District 5 in general encompasses Apache Junction to the north, Queen Valley to the east and San Tan Valley to the south.

“I am honored,” stated the new chairman. “There are much more duties as chairman than as a sitting board member.”

Chairman House said that he will be more involved in planning out the items that go on the agenda in the board meetings and having to sign all official documents that come before the Supervisors.

“The chairman is required to sign all final plats for developments and other documents that are approved in the meeting,” Chairman House said. “You can’t sign them during the meeting since it would being those meetings to a crawl. I also work with the county manager and clerk of the board to decide what items that will be on our agenda along with bringing any issues that supervisors might have about the agenda or certain items in it.”